- Video has emerged of security guards baton-charging Chelsea fans as they tried to leave the Nou Camp following Wednesday’s Champions League defeat
- The clip showed security personnel quickly moving in and some lashing out at Chelsea fans with batons
- It appears they were called in after Chelsea fans sung ‘Barcelona, you’ll always be Spain’ and waved a Spanish flag at passing supporters outside the ground
- Chelsea lost the match 3-0 to go out of the Champions League at last-16 stage
Video has emerged of Chelsea supporters being baton-charged by security staff as they left the Nou Camp following Wednesday night’s Champions League defeat to Barcelona.
A two-minute clip posted on Twitter showed a group of around 20 security personnel wearing flourescent jackets charging towards Chelsea fans and lashing out with batons as they tried to exit the stadium.
It came as Chelsea asked travelling fans at the Nou Camp to get in touch with their accounts of problems getting into the stadium ahead of the last-16, second leg tie.
Chelsea fans were baton-charged by security guards as they were leaving the Nou Camp following Wednesday night’s 3-0 defeat by Barcelona in the Champions League
Mobile phone footage uploaded to Twitter showed a group of about 20 security personnel moving in, with some of them drawing batons to hit out at Chelsea supporters
Trouble appeared to flare after a small group of Chelsea fans sung ‘Barcelona, you’ll always be Spain’ and waved a Spanish flag in the direction of passing home fans
A Chelsea spokesman said on their Twitter account: ‘We are aware of reports of incidents outside the ground before the game where a number of Chelsea fans were hurt.
‘We ask that our supporters contact us with accounts of their experiences of this evening’s arrival at the stadium so that we can take this up properly with the authorities.’
In response to this appeal, fans posted video footage of nasty scenes as they tried to leave the Nou Camp following the 3-0 defeat.
It appears security guards reacted to a small number of Chelsea fans singing ‘Barcelona, you’ll always be Spain’ with one waving a Spanish flag at supporters passing outside the ground.
Chelsea have asked their supporters for information after reports fans were injured
At this point, stewards called in the group of security guards who moved to remove the flag, leading to scuffles breaking out.
As things escalate, some of the security guards withdrew batons and started hitting out at the Chelsea fans. Others shout out ‘shame’ and ‘f**king disgrace’ at the security once tensions calm down.
The Blues had taken a 1-1 score to the Nou Camp following the first leg at Stamford Bridge but they were blown away by two goals from Lionel Messi and another from Ousmane Dembele.
Barcelona has become a focus of Catalan nationalism with some in the region wanting to break away from Spain.
Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona dumped Chelsea out of the Champions League